The Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) has surveyed IT recruitment agencies, and 81 per cent of them expect a “significant” increase in the demand for cybersecurity staff.
Kevin Green, the chief executive of the REC, says the skills gap is a serious matter, noting, “Recruiters tell us that employers are making life more difficult for themselves by creating job roles demanding unreasonable amounts of experience, qualifications and skills – so they’re looking for someone that doesn’t even exist. Instead, they should think about how to make the most of transferrable skills and create training opportunities which would benefit employees and new applicants.”
He also said the government needs to make sure that businesses have access to a good talent pool, especially after Brexit.
“Long term, we need to see better careers guidance in schools about cyber security roles so that we can build a skilled workforce for the future. And right now, we need to maintain access to the best people from around the world to create a secure environment where British businesses can flourish.”
The sharp rise in cyber attacks combined with a general lack of skill and talent gap in the cyber security market are credited for the predicted increase in wages and demand.
Written by DFGR Research Team
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